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      08-02-2018, 11:07 PM   #1
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Installing Radiator Guards on B58 equipped vehicles (US)

My 2017 440i GC was built in July 2016, before BMW made a production change in December 2017 to add radiator guards as a standard feature.

There are several threads already discussing this problem.

I wanted to start a new discussion to consolidate the feedback from US based forum members.

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1. Visited my local BMW dealer in SoCal
2. Shop foreman / SA inspected the vehicle to assess potential labor charges
3. Parts department finally received a list of all the parts from BMW NA
4. Quote is being prepared

Attached - a diagram showing radiator guard parts.
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      08-03-2018, 11:19 AM   #2
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I have a 2018 340i I wonder if mine comes with the guards? I purchased it in May not sure when it was built I would have to look.
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      08-04-2018, 04:06 PM   #3
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My 2017 440i GC was built in July 2016, before BMW made a production change in December 2017 to add radiator guards as a standard feature.

There are several threads already discussing this problem.

I wanted to start a new discussion to consolidate the feedback from US based forum members.

My notes :

1. Visited my local BMW dealer in SoCal
2. Shop foreman / SA inspected the vehicle to assess potential labor charges
3. Parts department finally received a list of all the parts from BMW NA
4. Quote is being prepared

Attached - a diagram showing radiator guard parts.

I have a 2017 340i that did not come with guards.

My rad did get a puncture and BMW Canada did try to add guards on my car for the repair. Unfortunately when the parts arrived it didn't fit they said because my variant had the smaller engine rad on top.

So I'm still in the process of fitting a mesh grille myself.
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      08-04-2018, 08:47 PM   #4
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I have a 2018 340i I wonder if mine comes with the guards? I purchased it in May not sure when it was built I would have to look.
Take a look under the bumper. The radiator is fairly close. The guards - if installed - will be easily recognized.
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I have a 2017 340i that did not come with guards.

My rad did get a puncture and BMW Canada did try to add guards on my car for the repair. Unfortunately when the parts arrived it didn't fit they said because my variant had the smaller engine rad on top.

So I'm still in the process of fitting a mesh grille myself.
B58 engine is still the same engine, whether in the US or Canada. Did the dealer order the right parts? The parts in my order took 2 weeks to verify. BMW AG (in Germany) was also involved in the process.
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      08-05-2018, 11:58 AM   #6
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I have a 2017 340i that did not come with guards.

My rad did get a puncture and BMW Canada did try to add guards on my car for the repair. Unfortunately when the parts arrived it didn't fit they said because my variant had the smaller engine rad on top.

So I'm still in the process of fitting a mesh grille myself.
B58 engine is still the same engine, whether in the US or Canada. Did the dealer order the right parts? The parts in my order took 2 weeks to verify. BMW AG (in Germany) was also involved in the process.

That's what I thought too then I went to the dealer and saw the difference in the 3 series and 4 series models.


My dealer tried their best after keeping the car for 5 weeks coordinating with Germany.


Unfortunately my model can't be fitted with rock guards at all. Looks like your 440i will though.

Look at the diagram you can see the difference:

https://www.getbmwparts.com/v-2017-b...and-components

https://www.getbmwparts.com/v-2017-b...and-components


I paid $2700 for the repairs
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      08-05-2018, 12:03 PM   #7
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The guard applies to 3 series LCI also. The dealer installed these for free? I would think they should have come installed from the factory!
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@gsehgal29 Thanks for sharing the service details. What vehicle do you have? The notes indicates that your vehicle has an auxiliary cooler in front of the radiator.
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@gsehgal29 Thanks for sharing the service details. What vehicle do you have? The notes indicates that your vehicle has an auxiliary cooler in front of the radiator.
2017 340i xdrive
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      08-05-2018, 12:26 PM   #10
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Is it M Sport?
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      08-05-2018, 12:32 PM   #11
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Is it M Sport?
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      08-14-2018, 07:48 PM   #12
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That's what I thought too then I went to the dealer and saw the difference in the 3 series and 4 series models.

My dealer tried their best after keeping the car for 5 weeks coordinating with Germany.

Unfortunately my model can't be fitted with rock guards at all. Looks like your 440i will though.

Look at the diagram you can see the difference:

https://www.getbmwparts.com/v-2017-b...and-components

https://www.getbmwparts.com/v-2017-b...and-components
Those are two totally different diagrams. Also, youíre looking at model year 2017, so itís not going to show you rock guards at all.

Apples to apples: 330xi sedan vs. 440xi GC. Youíll see that theyíre both the same.

A couple of notes:
  • If the car has the M Sport package, automatic transmission, and in the case of the 4 series, M Sport brakes, itíll have an additional small radiator at the front of the stack. (All 4-series GC are automatic, so you donít see that constraint on its parts diagram.) In this case, thereís only one rock guard panel instead of two. The small radiator takes the place of the bottom rock guard.
  • The rock guard can only be fitted if the updated radiator mounts are used. This is part 3 in the diagrams.
I donít doubt that the dealer wasnít able to make any of this work on your car, despite involving Germany. But these cars are rolling out of the factory today with rock guards installed, and at some point, it really just becomes a question of how many other parts need to be updated to make things fit.

cfm56d7b, how did you fare?
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I'm planning on getting the guard install tomorrow I'll let everyone know what happen once it done.
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      08-14-2018, 11:05 PM   #14
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My new 2018 340i xDrive M Perf Edn has a single guard, as it should. Built late Dec 2017.
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      08-14-2018, 11:39 PM   #15
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I opened a case with BMW NA requesting the installation of rock guards as a courtesy under warranty. My local dealer already received a list of parts confirmed by BMW AG (Germany).

Will update this thread once BMW NA responds.
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I'm planning on getting the guard install tomorrow I'll let everyone know what happen once it done.
Great and good luck. Please post the repair order details. Will be very helpful.
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My new 2018 340i xDrive M Perf Edn has a single guard, as it should. Built late Dec 2017.
It looks like they [guards] were only introduced in December of 2017 [!]

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Source: realoem.com

My car was manufactured in the middle of November 2017, and does NOT have 'em

Time to call BMW NA
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Great and good luck. Please post the repair order details. Will be very helpful.
Been here since 7 it now 1pm not yet done but I also came in for breaks and rotors. They are expecting it to be complete by 3pm they havent told me it impossible as of yet.
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Worked done and installed
I'll post the images by the end of the day.
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Worked done and installed
I'll post the images by the end of the day.
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Worked done and installed
I'll post the images by the end of the day.
Great. Thanks for sharing.
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Great. Thanks for sharing.
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Here you go

I have a 2016 340i SA RWD
Build 8/2015
Hopefully this will be helpful to everyone

I looked at a preowned 440i while I was at the lot and the front of the engine bay look the same as mine not sure why your dealer saying it impossible

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